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tv   Outside Source  BBC News  February 16, 2017 9:00pm-9:24pm GMT

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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. if you did not see donald trump's press c0 nfe re nce , if you did not see donald trump's press conference, it is worth your time. i inherited a mess. put it out before the american people, 306 electoral college votes. this administration is running like a fine tuned machine. passionate opening statement, sliding from topic to topic. followed by questions, no subject is off—limits. wait, i know who you are, wait. the story that has dominated this week, the resignation of the president's national security adviser, so be it. the leagues i absolutely real. the news is fake. a lot of questions we re news is fake. a lot of questions were answered, a lot more were
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raised. we will take as many as we can get across the hour. there is a strong argument we have seen the most remarkable press conference seen the most remarkable press c0 nfe re nce ever seen the most remarkable press conference ever given by us president. lasting well over one hour, it painted a dystopian vision of america, and a world in a mess. that now has a president offering reassurances, taking care of it. the familiar but potent cocktail of attacks on the media, boasting about the election result, promising to heal the country. that last one is looking a long way off. as always, when trump speaks, a number of state m e nts when trump speaks, a number of statements which were demonstrably untrue. we will look at this onto
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dave's 0utside source. mr trott ta kes dave's 0utside source. mr trott takes america, its presidency and its place in the world is new territory, just as he said on the campaign trail. let's start with the president's staunch defence of his performance so far. to be honest,. is the election is the virtllri vuc i he says he won the election with press c0 nfe re nces he says he won the election with press conferences committee did not give one during the campaign. he stopped giving press conferences for a stretch of time. he turned to the big story of the week, the resignation of his national security adviser michael flynn. the resignation connected to a conversation general flynn had with the russian ambassador to the us
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before mr trump took office. claims that against russia were that sanctions against russia were discussed. mr flynn denied it, then said he could not be sure. in the process he gave vice president mike pence incomplete information, which was why he had to go. this is mr trump's take. i was surprised. did not sound like he did anything wrong there. he did something wrong with respect to the vice president. i thought that was not acceptable. as far as the actual making the call, i have watched various programmes, reading various articles where he was just reading various articles where he wasjust doing hisjob. very normal. donald trump did not think michael flynn had done anything wrong. here was the response when he asked whether he had directed general flynn to communicate with russia christmas did you direct michael flynn to discuss sanctions with the
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russians? no, i did not. excuse me. i fired russians? no, i did not. excuse me. ifired him russians? no, i did not. excuse me. i fired him because russians? no, i did not. excuse me. ifired him because of russians? no, i did not. excuse me. i fired him because of what he said to mike pence. care about policy issues, and other things. the media is focused on that specific angle. donald trump enjoys this particular kind of sparring. it does not get that what his ministration is trying to do, it changes the subject and the nature of the scandal, to the nature and coverage of the scandal. 0ne of the scandal, to the nature and coverage of the scandal. one step removed from anything that can get him in trouble. would any policies on north korea and the middle east be published 7 on north korea and the middle east be published? we got trump looking for a be published? we got trump looking fora grand be published? we got trump looking for a grand deal in the middle east beyond palestinians and israelis. he said it could be a two state solution, could be i—macro. the media needs to call him out on his statements. we are doing this entire
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addition on 0utside source, going through all the areas he covered, plainly the clips, giving you analysis of what he said. we will fa ct analysis of what he said. we will fact checked some specific claims made by donald trump during this extraordinary press conference. including one which said he won the presidential election by a record margin. here in the uk, the business secretary greg clark says he has held constructive talks with general motors. it emerged the owner of perjury, the psa group was involved ina perjury, the psa group was involved in a possible takeover in vauxhall‘s european operation. the general secretary of unite says he's not prepared to acceptjob losses. secretary of unite says he's not prepared to accept job losses. we have made the call, we want the
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government involved in the issue general motors. the french government own a stake in peugeot, they will be arguing and fighting for frenchjobs. basically they will be arguing and fighting for french jobs. basically i'll be saying to the government, that is what we need to do. we need to work together, the government needs to make it clear we are not prepared, in the event that peugeot five —— are buying vauxhall, we're not prepared to accept a single job loss in britain. iam i am ross atkins with 0utside source. 0ur i am ross atkins with 0utside source. our focus i am ross atkins with 0utside source. 0urfocus in this programme isa source. 0urfocus in this programme is a last minute press conference organised by president donald trump. he covered a range of issues, defending his presidency so far. we will keep going through what the president said as we move through the programme. 0ne president said as we move through the programme. one of the things driving the issue, the connections,
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if any, between mr trott‘s team and russia. some media, for instance the new york times, has been publishing lea ked new york times, has been publishing leaked material. mr trott is serious about these lea ks, leaked material. mr trott is serious about these leaks, he has been all week, turning to the issue. when i was called out on mexico, i was honest, really surprised. it does not make sense. that was not that important the call, i could show it to the world, he could show it to the world. the present is a very fine man, by the way. the same thing with australia. i said that is terrible, it was leaked. i said to myself, what happens when dealing with the problem with north korea, the problem of the middle east. are you folks going to be reporting that very confidential information from very confidential information from very important? at the highest level. are you going to be reporting about that, too? i don't want
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classified information getting out of the public. that was almost the test. i'm dealing with mexico, dealing with argentina, we were dealing, in this case, with mike flynn. this information gets put into the washington post, the new york times. i'm saying, what is going to happen when i'm dealing with the middle east, important subjects, like north korea. we have to stop it. that is why it is a criminal penalty. that statement begs one question, is that mr trump confirming the information in the lea ks a re confirming the information in the leaks are true? what he was talking about where reports he had complained to the mexican president about mexico's handling of what he called tough hombres. all the reports he hung up on the australian
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prime minister, malcolm turnbull. this is the leaks real leaks. the news is fake. 0ne this is the leaks real leaks. the news is fake. one thing ifelt this is the leaks real leaks. the news is fake. one thing i felt it megs. is. fake. eggtbing.lfsl§itzxg 1 " ' ' was—r —— f to nsgs is. fake. eastbingjfsltitzg 1 " ' ' was—r —— f todo, nsgs is. fake. eastbingjfsltitzg 1 " ' ' was—r —— . todo,;z; we was important to do, and i hope we can correct it, nobody i have more respect for than reporters, good reporters. he says leaks are real, the news is fake. let me bring you in on this, the president is perfectly within his rights to be furious about this. important confidential information making its way into the public domain? absolutely. leaguers have agendas. putting this information out there, asking their name is not attached to it. sometimes because they could be in legal trouble. they feel it has to be reported on. other times they have a grudge, trying to - power
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have a grudge, trying to gain power within the bureaucracy therein. every president has had to do with this at one point to another. donald trump is trying to set up an explanation why he is upset about these particular leaks. explanation why he is upset about these particular lea ks. they explanation why he is upset about these particular leaks. they are embarrassing. he said they could lead to other lea ks embarrassing. he said they could lead to other leaks that could impact national security. people will have to draw conclusions, valid justification. something every politician has two deal with. to acknowledge they are truthful, to save the media reports based on them are false, fate. that is cognitive dissonance. he's not acknowledging that right now. how does this president compare with other presidents, in term of keeping his promises, asks jay? iwould presidents, in term of keeping his promises, asks jay? i would answer, he is doing pretty well, doing the things he said he would do. he was boasting about that today. people criticising him for the immigration
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ban, cracking down on undocumented workers. those are all things he campaigned on. very clear about it. they believe is accusing him of trying to pass a hidden agenda. that is not something, of the many things people have accused him of, that he's guilty. now doing some of the executive orders, making motions to doing things, that is different to getting them accomplished. so far, not a whole lot of legislative success. the appeals in congress are grinding slowly. the 0bama administration had signed a massive infrastructure spending and financial recovery bill. it is compared to past administrations, he's making motions to keeping his promises. doing things within his particular power to keep those promises. thejury is particular power to keep those promises. the jury is out on how much you will be able to accomplish.
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for the moment, thank you very much. i was going to say let's take a brief break from politics, maybe i was going to say let's take a brief breakfrom politics, maybe i am, maybe i'm not. the facebook founder, mark zuckerberg, has released a manifesto. talking about a huge range of issues. the issue of globalisation, he says there are people around the world who feel left behind by it, and the rapid changes that have happened. there are movements, as a result, to withdraw from global connection. he discussed the concept of fake news. facebook has been caught up in this. he said misinformation is a beginner undermining the common understanding, so does sensationalism, and polarisation. let's speak to our economics editor. you have been speaking to mark zuckerberg. is he stopping being a businessman, becoming a politician? he insists he's not. we had rumours, would he run in 2020, he said no. he
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told me in the bbc interview that he did not want to be a politician. not now, he said. he did not say not ever. he is the leader of the biggest businesses in the world. frankly, he is as influential as he's going to be as a politician, leaving facebook. what is interesting about what he told me, what he put out in this 5500 word post on facebook tonight for me talks about globalisation, fake news, he talks about people not getting upset, but fighting back. a call to action. he said the way to fight back is built connectedness across borders, bring down barriers. what an opposite tone to the tone of president trump. very careful with me not to bite, on any of my questions about donald trump. he
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does not agree with you, are you going to meet him? he did not go to the round table that other tech leaders went to. nevertheless, it gives an alternative view, over thousands of words. well thought through, whatever you might think about the legitimacy of someone like mark zuckerberg talking about this. it was a well fought through from a 5500 word piece of work. in the present fee bra environment, it will be seen as an alternative manifesto to what we're seeing in the white house. this was quite a shift, when the fake news controversy surrounded the fake news controversy surrounded the election day, he said it was nothing to do with us? he knows he called that wrong. the problem with a lot of these companies, facebook, google, they have a philosophy of put out product first, then if it goes wrong, call it iteration, we will change things. here the technology has run ahead of the
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editorial skills are facebook, to control material people are getting in their news feed. mark zuckerberg when interviewed by me, and this huge manifesto has said they need to do more to control fake news. what he said was interesting, it is not about banning fake news, it is about making it clear this piece of news is disputed. very much against taking things down where possible. he's talking about more new ones to make sure good qualityjournalism gets to the top of people's news feed, rather than any journalism. you said it is a call to action, but what action does he want to call? sometimes we find this silicon valley wording of it or getting connected. he's talking about building communities, he wants
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people to use facebook, obviously, he's a businessman in the end. about how facebook allows church groups, religious groups, civil society groups to work together within countries, across borders. how it can be used to create safe areas, if there is a natural disaster, to report on how people are responding to that. really about building a digital infrastructure, to take the place of governments, that he does g globalisation does g if obalisation and the ways are not used, will
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